In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.
~ Robert Frost
It’s been a long time since I’ve written anything here, and now it’s time to move on. The Educator learning management system has been my canvas and my playground for a few years. Most of my time has been spent listening and learning the wishes of online educators and working with software developers to help realize those dreams and efficiencies in a software program. I have had the pleasure of sharing time and space with hundreds of teachers around Florida. It has been both fun and work for me. It has been a tremendous learning interaction. This experience helped create a young and growing community of people who put their heads together in order to create an optimal user experience. Those dialogues and conversations began with genuine care and concern for the teaching and learning lives involved. That life was slowly and definitely made better for thousands.
That was then. This is now.
A whole new learning world has recently begun construction for me. The area being built is called WeatherSTEM. Developers have already setup the basic infrastructure, and I’ve been traveling through WeatherSTEM for a while now. It’s a fascinating place! You really should make a short side trip and explore this discovery a bit. That’s the BIG picture story. If you really want to see what some people around Florida are getting excited about, if you want to see things up close and personal, just take a look at any weather station page.
Do you want to find a WeatherSTEM page that’s close to your home? Just follow the formula for naming the WeatherSTEM websites. That would be county name.weatherstem.com. For example … pasco.weatherstem.com or orange.weatherstem.com. You get the idea? You’ll find a map of WeatherSTEM units/pages already installed in that county. There’s at least one unit in every Florida County. The UNITS list at the top will get you where you want to go. Click around and explore. No more hints. If you want more, you’ll find it … just like I did!
I’m really a lot like most people. All I ever really cared about was how many coolers to pack for the beach or whether or not to carry an umbrella. We really do just take weather for granted, don’t we? I have spent ten years teaching in classrooms, and I never grasped the incredible learning potential that sat just outside my classroom window. Take a look at some WeatherSTEM lessons! Go to any site page and click on the LEARN link in the top section:
I just counted more than 120 lessons and activities so far! The library keeps growing, and it continually arouses my curiosity. You never know when new roads might be built in the mind of a learner (or teacher).
So, I’ll sign off from this page. Never having been homeless for too long, I’ll move on to this page this week. I hope to meet and engage with teachers … and students, and farmers, and emergency managers, and whomever.
The door is wide open, and I hope you drop in.
Thank you all for helping me walk in your shoes for these years.
You have opened my eyes to ever widening horizons.
Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.